Buddhist monks look at the Thai navy police boat which was swept almost 2 km (1.2 miles) inland during the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami as they visit a memorial in Khao Lak, in Thailand‘s Phang Nga province, about 110 km (68 miles) north of the resort island of Phuket. On the day of tsunami, Thai navy boat 813 was on patrol about one nautical mile offshore serving as a guard to members of royal family staying at one of the resorts near-by. Thailand prepares to mark the tenth anniversary of the 2004 tsunami, the deadliest on the record, that killed at least 226,000 people in 13 Asian and African countries. In Thailand, over 5300 people were killed, including several thousand foreign tourists, when the waves swamped six coastal provinces, turning some of the world’s most beautiful beaches into mass graves.
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People release balloons to commemorate the victims of the tsunami at the Arahama area in Sendai, Miyagi, Japan. The nation is marking the third anniversary of the magnitude 9.0 earthquake and subsequent tsunami, which claimed more than 18,000 lives.
A woman prays for the victims of the earthquake and tsunami in Rikuzentakata, Iwate prefecture. Tuesday marks the third anniversary of the event that killed thousands and set off a nuclear crisis in 2011.
Police officers offer prayers for victims in Namie, near the stricken Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, on Monday, one day before the third anniversary of March 11 earthquake and tsunami. The 9.0 magnitude earthquake in 2011 sent a huge wall of water on to the coast of the Tohoku region, splintering whole communities, ruining swaths of prime farmland and killing nearly 19,000 people.
A pedestrian crosses a road in Tokyo, Japan. The economy of Japan expanded last quarter, the most in a year, as consumer spending and export gains outweighed the weakest business investment since the earthquake and tsunami of March 2011
The Breitling Jet Team, the world’s only professional civilian aerobatic team, fly over Mount Fuji, in central Japan. They completed their tour of the country by visiting the Fukushima prefecture to show their support for the people of the region still recovering from the catastrophic effects of the tsunami in March 2011. The team are now on their way back to Europe and will return to Asia in August.